Projects & Commissions

Commissions: We take on commissions to produce new and tailored content for arts organisations and higher education institutions.  We have adapted content from our publications to produce guides for The Sorrell Foundation, University of the Arts London Academic Support website, and Artquest (see below).

Projects: We have also worked in partnership with institutions to develop specific projects and research led curriculum interventions. See below an example of a collaboration with Plymouth College of Art that supported the development of professional practice.

If you have an idea for a project or commission that you would like us to work on please get in touch with [email protected]

Examples

Plymouth College of Art

Between Oct 2015 and June 2017, Q-Art has mentored and collaborated with BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing and Printmaking students Marie Taylor and Amelia Webster, from Plymouth College of Art (PCA). The collaboration, which formed part of PCA’s Professional Practice offer, supported Marie and Amelia as they:

  • Set up their own Q-Art inspired Crit Club
  • Facilitated ‘Introduction to the Crit’ workshops for young people at Tate Modern as part of our work with The Sorrell Foundation’s National Art and Design Saturday Club
  • Fundraised and subsequently interviewed graduates in Plymouth, Glasgow, London and Berlin about the challenges and opportunities of setting up art spaces across the UK – extracts from which appeared in Q-Art’s book ‘Professional Practice: 20 Questions’ and on a flyer they produced for fellow graduates as part of their degree show this June.
  • Presented their findings from the interviews and experience of the collaboration at Q-Art’s Transitions Out of Art School Symposium at The Glasgow School of Art in June. 2016
  • Set up their own organisation ‘Inside Edge’ to support creative graduates as they prepare for life after art school

Here is a testimonial from Marie & Amelia:

“Working with Q-Art has been truly inspiring. As undergraduate students, the opportunity to connect with industry has been fundamental in the Professional Practice element of our Painting, Drawing & Printmaking degree. With the mentoring and support from Q-Art in both collaborative projects and in our independent initiatives, we were able to experience the realities of working in the creative sector – so much so that, as we graduate this year, we have been motivated to start our own business, Inside Edge. We are looking forward to future collaborations with Q-Art.”

And a testimonial from Dr Stephen Felmingham,  Programme Leader: BA Painting, Drawing & Printmaking at Plymouth College of Art: 

“The collaboration between Q-Art and the Painting, Drawing & Printmaking programme at Plymouth College of Art has evolved during the last three years to become a significant component of the offer we make our students in terms of professional and critical practice. It has enhanced entrepreneurial awareness, career management skills and student’s developing sense of themselves as practitioners, as well as input into Q-Art publications and events which have impacted in the current Level 5 and 6 groups, through the programme area and the wider College, as students align themselves with the developing discourse around visual arts professional practice. It has been an exemplar for the development of research-led curriculum, as a case study for research-led teaching and has led to new insights for the teaching of professional practice in art and design that we have been able to share with the wider sector. It has also been the basis for the student-led Crit club, the impulse behind the Rhizome Arts Collective as well as being at the centre of the debate in our Student Conference 2016.

The programme is committed to providing high quality industry placements to students in Level 5 and 6. The invitation from Q-Art as a recognised partner organisation has offered an excellent and arguably unique opportunity for students become involved in a significant project that will continue to have impact in their future employability and the profile of the programme/wider College and is an example of close industry liaison for education and professional creative sector collaboration. Finally, is has provoked debate and discourse amongst the community of practitioners locally, regionally and nationally on ideas of professional and critical practice; post-graduate artist’s agency in local communities and provincial cities and innovative art and design pedagogies.”

Further information:
You can see the flyer that Marie & Amelia produced as part of their degree show (10-22nd June @PCA) here and extracts from Marie and Amelia’s interviews with graduates in Glasgow in our book ‘Professional Practice: 20 Questions‘.



The Sorrell Foundation

An ‘Introduction to the crit’ guide targeted at 14-16 year olds. This accompanied a workshop that Q-Art ran at Tate Modern as part of the Sorrell Foundations National Art and Design Saturday Club.


Artquest

A guide to setting up crits for graduates: LINK


University of the Arts London

We wrote content for the fine art section of UAL’s new Academic Support Website. We devised copy for sections on ‘Assessment’, ‘The Crit’ and ‘Finding Your Own Ways of Working’.


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